The past couple of years it seems like the fans of the St. Louis Cardinals have been increasingly receiving more hate. Deadspin came out with an article tough on their fans in 2013. They have since done several articles on what could be called Cardinal-hating. Balleight.com held a bracket-style competition in which the St. Louis Cardinal fans were voted the most insufferable fans in baseball by a large margin. Red Sox fans? Sure. Yankees fans? Absolutely! Dodgers? You bet. But, Cardinal fans?
So, where is all the hate coming from? Bill McClellan had a few thoughts on where it came from here. While the true origins may never be known it is evident a growing hate exists. So why not ask real fans of the opposing team to find out why they dislike the fans?
I’ve sent out to find some reasons on why disliking the Cardinals has become such a popular thing. In this article, I have interviewed a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Let it be known that I am not a Red’s fan. The interview came from Josh Dolmage, a passionate Reds fan.
A: I was born around the Seattle area and when I was little, Ken Griffey Jr. was my favorite player. Once he went to Cincy, I became a Reds fan. After he retired from the game, I stuck with the Reds.
A: Typically an eye roll because anyone who knows me, knows I’m a Reds fan, so I know I’m about to hear some trash talk.
A: You literally hear the same thing over and over. Whether it’s, “who has more World Series titles”, or “we are the best fans in baseball”, it’s always the same thing. I am all for trash talking, but Cardinals fans need to come up with some new material. Yes, St. Louis has more World Series titles and it’s cute that Cardinals fans take credit for the titles that the players won… But, let’s be honest, you screaming at the TV while wearing a Mark McGwire cut off t-shirt didn’t put ANY runs on the scoreboard for the team. The TEAM won those titles, not the fans. So, please stop taking credit for them. Unless you have the World Series Championship ring on your finger, you had nothing to do with the title… And the replica ring doesn’t count.
Q: Where do you believe the term “Best Fans In Baseball” came from?
A: This is the most annoying thing about Cardinals “fans”. If you have to self appoint yourself as the “best” at anything, odds are, you’re not really the best. Hell, I can say I’m “the sexiest man in America”, but until Time Magazine comes calling, I’m doing nothing but “tooting my own horn” and even then, it’s still nothing more than an opinion someone has. What makes Cardinals fans better than Cubs fans? It’s easy to be a “fan” when your team is winning, but Cubs fans have stuck with their team even though they haven’t won a title since 1908… As a Reds fan, I would say that Cubs fans are pretty darn good fans.
Q: Describe the average Cardinal fan as how you see them
A: The true fans are easy to spot and truthfully, they don’t bother me. True fans realize that sometimes your team just simply isn’t good enough to win games, make the playoffs, or win a title, but they still talk about how they’re excited for the potential the team shows for the future. True fans realize that sometimes organizations have rebuilding years and just because they’re rebuilding, it doesn’t mean the team sucks, but that the team is prepping themselves to be successful in the future. It’s the “fans” that bother me. By “fans”, I mean the people who decide to throw on a Cardinals t-shirt on opening day and say stuff like, “missed my Cardinal baseball”, then you don’t hear from them again unless they make the playoffs. By “fans” I mean those who can’t name 5 players on the roster. By “fans” I mean those who are asking if McGwire and Matheny are hurt because they haven’t played all season. By “fans”, I mean those who love the Cardinals only because “Holliday is hot”, or “Molina is dreamy”.
Q: What annoys you the most about Cardinal fans?
A: The self appointed “best fans in baseball” statement is by far the most annoying things about Cardinals fans.
Q: Have you been to Busch stadium during a Cardinals-Reds game? If so, what is the environment like for you?
A: I go to Busch every year when the Reds are in town. I typically make it to 3 or 4 games. You get the typical comments you expect from being a fan of the visiting team. Obviously when the Reds do something good, I’ll cheer and sometimes I’ll get those looks from people. Or, when the Cardinals do something good, it’s clear some of the cheering is aimed in my direction. It’s part of the game though and a part of the rivalry. Honestly, it is entertaining to me when Brandon Phillips comes up to bat and Cardinals fans still “boo” him because Molina is a moron and picked a fight which ultimately caused Jason LaRue to end his career… But that’s another story for another day.